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Three Fentanyl Traffickers Sentenced To Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza has sentenced Luis Omar Rosa Cotto (32, Orlando), Alejandro Acevedo Luna (34, Apopka), and Juan Carlos Garcia (38, Apopka) to federal prison for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.

Luis Omar Rosa Cotto

Pleaded guilty on July 12, 2022

Responsible for over 1.5 kilograms of fentanyl

Sentenced on November 7, 2022, to 10 years in federal prison

Alejandro Acevedo Luna

Pleaded guilty on July 6, 2022

Responsible for over 1 kilogram of fentanyl

Sentenced on January 6, 2023, to 15 years in federal prison

Juan Carlos Garcia

Found guilty at trial on October 17 to 19, 2022

Responsible for over 1 kilogram of fentanyl

Sentenced on January 6, 2023, to 10 years in federal prison

According to court documents, Acevedo Luna and Garcia conspired to drive to a gas station in Apopka and sell more than a kilogram of fentanyl for $33,000. Garcia drove the vehicle and brought a loaded handgun with him, and Acevedo Luna brought the drugs and set up the deal. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) received information about the drug transaction and worked with the Apopka Police Department to conduct a traffic stop. After a search, the loaded handgun was recovered from the center console of the vehicle and the package of drugs was located in the backseat. Both men were arrested without incident.

On the same day, Rosa Cotto was determined to be the source of the fentanyl and a controlled purchase was set up by the DEA to buy an additional half kilogram of fentanyl. Rosa Cotto arrived at the buy location with the drugs, and he was arrested. A bag containing more than half a kilogram of fentanyl was found inside his vehicle. All of the drugs were tested by the DEA laboratory and determined to be p-Fluorofentanyl, which is an analogue of fentanyl and is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance. 

This case was investigated by the DEA, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Apopka Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys John M. Gardella and Courtney Richardson-Jones.

Updated January 9, 2023

Drug Trafficking